#SundayStories – Commuter’s Sentence

It’s about that time. Let’s settle in for more #SundayStories where you can learn about the inspiration behind one of the stories from my new collection, When We Come Back.

This week delves into the madness of “Commuter’s Sentence” which is a story about the worst traffic jam in the world and the extreme lengths people will go to in order to make it seem worth it being stuck there.

Have you ever been on the Schuylkill Expressway? If you have, you know there is nothing “express” about it. The highway that snakes around Philadelphia is a driver’s nightmare most of the time, and many hours spent stuck in traffic on it over the years lead to the genesis of this story. Other fantastic elements came from a myriad of sources…everything from the film Twelve Monkeys (also set in Philadelphia), to some article I read back in college about the idea of the magnetic poles of the earth potentially shifting if the ice caps melted, to Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery.”

Suffice it to say, I let my twisted imagination run wild on this one, and it was a blast to write. It’s one of my personal favorites.

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Add When We Come Back to your Goodreads “Want to Read” pile.


  1. Great story, I enjoyed reading about the inspiration behind “Commuter’s Sentence”. The Schuylkill Expressway sounds like a nightmare, have you ever had any other crazy experiences while stuck in traffic?
    David Brock

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